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The Luck of the Draw: The Role of Lotteries in Decision Making Hardcover – 5 May 2011


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: OUP USA (5 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199756104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199756100
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 2.3 x 16.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,395,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stone does a wonderful job in unifying the discussion of scarce good lotteries under the umbrella of impartiality. ... the implementation of general criteria of justice ... is enough to make The Luck of Draw an excellent read. (David Teira, Journal of Economics and Philosophy)

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Peter Stone is Faculty Fellow in the Center for Ethics and Public Affairs at Tulane University. He has been researching the theory and practice of random selection for over a decade, and his work on the subject has been published in such journals as the Journal of Political Philosophy, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Political Theory, and Social Theory and Practice. He also works on broader issues relating to justice, democracy, and rationality.

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For the first time in nearly 400 years, since the publication of Gataker's 'The Nature and Uses of Lots' in 1619 have we got a guide to the subject. Drawing on a wide range of historical sources and with a wealth of practical examples, Peter Stone has given us the definitive guide to using lotteries to ensure fairness in our transactions with each other, but most importantly with those who 'rule' us.

We are supposed to live in a democracy, but it is obvious that the power of corporations and money over-rule. To get back to, or more realisticly, to achieve democracy we need an independent unbiased arbitrator. Only random selection and allocation -- a lottery -- can bring us Democracy such as the ancient Athenians would recognise.

This book is the definitive guide to 'democracy by lottery'.
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This is not a comment about the book but about the quality of the Kindle edition: be aware that the footnotes are not hyperlinked, which makes reading this book carefully on a kindle almost impossible. (Also, no page numbers, but that's a common problem on Kindle, of course.)
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